Everything in life is a seed.
While some seeds are larger than others, it is rare that a seed takes root, grows and bears fruit in a short amount of time. This is how fear can control us: it gets planted as a seed early in our lives; we allow it to grow up into a mindset and now it influences the way we live our lives. The Bible calls these mindsets “Strongholds”.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,” (2 Corinthians 10:4).
A stronghold is a thought or way of thinking that can control our behaviors, emotions and ultimately our lives if we allow it to grow to that point.
How do we know if we’ve let fear become a stronghold?
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,” (Romans 8:15a NKJV).
Fear always brings bondage. It ties us up and holds us back from what God intends for our lives. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live an abundant life of joy, prosperity and freedom. We can know what areas of our lives are controlled by fear by having an understanding of the lack of these three characteristics.
Fear will stop us from having joy in our relationships.
This happens because fear will begin to influence us to be suspicious of our spouses, friends and coworkers. Instead of enjoying the people we live and work with, we will be closed off. We then become cautious for the purpose of protecting ourselves. What we’re really doing is allowing fear to steal the joy from our lives.
It can hold us back on the job by making us feel like we are inadequate to perform our work. This can eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy and we’ll miss out on promotions and bonuses because fear birthed a mindset of unworthiness in us.
How can we overcome this?
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV).
We have to stand up to the fear in our own mind. We have to know who we are and what we have in Christ. When we know these things, we will recognize when our thoughts and emotions are not in line with the Word of God. When our minds have been shaped by fear, we need to use the Word of God to reshape them.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” (Romans 12:2a)
Only the Word of God will give us the wisdom and power we need to tear down the stronghold of fear and live the abundant life Jesus bought for us.
Like I said earlier, everything in life is a seed. The fear in your life started as a seed a long time ago and grew into what it is today. The Word of God can and will do the same thing. It will start small, but eventually it will grow into an unstoppable force. It will dominate your believing, your thinking and your speaking. However, it must be planted first. I encourage you to plant the Word of God in your mind and your heart every day, and allow it to transform you.